Recipes and Stories

8 July 2018: Summer Comfort and Blueberry Crumble

July 8, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Classic American Cooking, Summer Cooking, Summer Comfort Food, Blueberry Crumble, Fruit Crumble

Blueberry Crumble is summer comfort food at its very best.
It’s funny how, when we talk about “comfort food,” we almost always mean something that will provide comfort in the cold season, that keeps us warm and cozy inside when it’s cold and bleak outside: a hearty stew, a big bowl of chili or chicken and dumplings, a savory pot pie or pot roast.

But in the heat of summer, we often need comfort just as much as we do in cold weather, and while we may welcome a warm dish in the midst of a steady string of salads, cold soups, and sandwiches, the things that are so comfortable in the cold season are usually not all that appealing when the heat index soars. (more…)

16 June 2018: Summer Comfort Food and Ham Salad

June 16, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Summer Cooking, Summer Comfort Food, Ham Salad, Old-fashioned Ham Salad, Aging Palates, American Cooking

Old-Fashioned Ham Salad slathered thickly onto hearty bread
I’ve never been very interested in clever cooking. And the older I get, the less interested in it I become. I’m not talking about being genuinely and intelligently creative or inventive in the kitchen, but about the kind of cooking that’s more about being clever for the sake of novelty, and all too often at the expense of flavor.

If, when one sits down at the table, one is obliged to be cerebral and analytical about what’s in one’s mouth, or wade through a thicket of startling and even conflicting aromas and flavors that crowd one another out, quite frankly it gets completely in the way of any real pleasure.

In short, if I have to think over what’s in my mouth before I can decide whether I like it, in my opinion, the cook has failed at his job. (more…)